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BEASTIE BOYS TO BE HONORED
AS WEBBY ARTISTS OF THE YEAR AT
THE 11TH ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS
Trio to Be Saluted Alongside David Bowie,
eBay's Meg Whitman, and YouTube-Co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen
New York, New York --(June 1, 2007)-- Beastie Boys will be honored as Webby Artists of the Year at The 11th Annual Webby Awards on June 5th in New York City, organizers announced today.
The hip hop pioneers will be recognized for their innovative 2006 concert film, "Awesome, I F***ing Shot That", which was filmed entirely by dozens of audience members using hand-held cameras provided by the group, epitomizing the Internet's interactive spirit and foreshadowing the boom in user-generated video. The trio has also been a longtime advocate of more flexible copyright rules that allow artists and fans to legally swap, share, and remix music.
"From the Internet to video to music, Beastie Boys have created a totally unique, two-way relationship with their fans," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "They embody the kind of collaboration and exchange of ideas that the Web is all about."
Beastie Boys will be saluted alongside Webby Awards winners in a wide range of categories from Blog to Fashion to Weird, as well as three other Special Achievement honorees - David Bowie (Webby Lifetime Achievement), the eBay community and CEO Meg Whitman (Webby Lifetime Achievement), and YouTube co-founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley (Webby Person of the Year).
In keeping with Webby tradition, all special achievement honorees and winners will limit their speeches to just five words (Al Gore's 2005 speech: "Please don't recount this vote."). The ceremony will be hosted by comedian Rob Corddry ("The Winner", "The Daily Show").
Hailed as the "OSCARS® of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international honors for Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile content. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Vinton Cerf, R/GA's Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.
For a list of all winners of The 11th Annual Webby Awards, visit www.webbyawards.com
About The Webby Awards:
Hailed as the "OSCARS® of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; Verizon; AOL Video; dotMobi; The Barbarian Group; CondéNast|CondéNet; Level3; Adweek; Fortune; Reuters; Variety; Wired; IDG: Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.
OSCAR® is a federally registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Webby Awards and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences are in no way affiliated with or sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or OSCAR®.